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Robyn to Continue Working in Mini-Album Format
After three "Body Talk" releases during 2010, Swedish singer Robyn says she plans to keep making EPs or mini-albums rather than full-length album projects in the future.
"The plan is to keep going and recording shorter albums so that I can keep my touring and my recording processes equal," Robyn, whose single "Dancing On My Own" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, tells Billboard.com. "I just want to keep a flow, just stay inspired and keep working, and it feels like it's possible with this way of working. I wasn't sure in the beginning if people would get it, but they did, which is really cool. I'm touring a lot more than I thought I would, so I'm very happy about how I've been able to connect to my audience."
The creative benefit, Robyn adds, is that she's able to stay fresh and keep generating new material.
"When you end up doing one thing for a very long time, everybody knows it can get boring," she explains. "I think the amount of songs on an album and the amount of promotion you have to do for that long of an album has kind of gone overboard. I think shorter albums with a lot of good songs on them are better. It's more satisfying for me and for the people that listen to them, and it's easier for me to stay inspired when it's music that hasn't been sitting around for two years waiting to be recorded or released while I'm on tour for three years."
Robyn has sold about 91,000 copies of the "Body Talk" EPs and an album that combined songs from the two, according to Nielsen SoundScan. They've given the singer her highest profile in the U.S. since her pair of gold Top 10 singles, "Do You Know (What It Takes)" in 1996 and "Show Me Love" in 1997.
"I feel like it's moving forward," she notes. "It's moving slowly, but it's moving. As long as I get to make the music that I want to make and I have an audience to perform for and it moves ahead and I feel like I'm getting to do what I want, then I'm happy."
She's currently pushing her latest single, "Indestructible," while "Hang With Me," written and produced by her main collaborator Klas Ahlund, is on deck to follow it. Both, Robyn says, were among the first songs recorded for the "Body Talk" series, but "we saved them for later because I knew they would be singles, or could be singles, and I wanted them to get that chance."
Robyn says there's no timetable for her next album, and that "it's too early for me to talk about" what direction it might take. She's on the road in the U.S. until Feb. 19 -- though she also has to make up some dates she postponed due to illness -- then tours Europe and Scandinavia in March. She's also booked to play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on April 15 and the Sasquatch! Music Festival on May 28.